AMD Releases ATI Catalyst 9.3 Driver for Windows 7

by Michael Horton on March 19, 2009

AMD has released the ATI Catalyst 9.3 Unified Driver for Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 7. ATI Catalyst 9.3 represents the industrys first unified driver installation package to incorporate Windows 7 support, including Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 1.1 compliance, bringing with it a host of benefits for developers currently testing and updating applications using the widely available Windows 7 beta release. In addition, the inclusion of Windows 7 drivers sends a clear message to the millions of AMD graphics customers worldwide ATI Catalyst 9.3, and every planned future release of ATI Catalyst, is ready for the final release of Windows 7.

In addition to the rock-solid stability of ATI Radeon graphics drivers for Windows 7, the combination of Windows 7 and ATI Radeon graphics permits developers to fully utilize the DirectX 10.1 API used by Microsoft to design the Windows 7 Aero desktop. Graphics with hardware support for the DirectX 10.1 API, currently available in ATI Radeon HD 3000 and ATI Radeon HD 4000 series products, can deliver the full Windows 7 Aero desktop PC experience, including support of new features such as Aero Peek and Aero Shake, both designed to improve navigation of the Windows 7 desktop.

AMDs expertise in visual computing shines through in the combined experience of Windows 7 and ATI Radeon graphics, said Anantha Kancherla, group program manager responsible for Windows graphics, Microsoft. With todays release of a Windows 7 unified driver, AMD once again demonstrates its ability to deliver performance and cutting-edge driver support.

Matching ATI Radeon graphics with Windows 7 can deliver high-fidelity graphics as well as unsurpassed image enhancements such as:

* support for the Direct2D API introduced in Windows 7, giving third-party applications the ability to improve everything from ClearType text rendering to hardware-accelerated vector graphics
* enhanced Windows 7 acceleration, delivering an outstanding Windows experience
* smooth, crystal-clear playback of multimedia, including high-definition video on HD-capable screens
* incredible 3D game performance in single- and multi-GPU CrossFireX technology configurations.

Thanks to the incredible expertise within our driver development team, we led the Windows Vista transition with a WHQL-certified unified driver that delivered industry-leading stability, said Ben Bar-Haim, corporate vice president, Software Engineering, Graphics Products Group, AMD. The advanced state of our Windows 7 drivers this far ahead of the final Windows 7 release is yet another proof point of our graphics industry leadership. We are ready for Windows 7.

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